FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
YOUR LEADERSHIP TEAM IS CHRISTIAN - AREN'T YOU BIASED?
This is one of many assumptions that many people of faith experience on a daily basis. The idea that people who express a faith commitment openly are automatically less reliable is in itself biased. Moreover, all people exist with a framework of beliefs.
No-one comes from a value-neutral perspective.
If you are a journalist, it is less important that a religious literacy organisation shares your worldview than it is able to equip you to report skilfully on people of faith and the stories surrounding them.
The substance of our beliefs, while valid for discussion and fascinating in its own right, is less important than our quest to help the media present faith perspectives accurately.
We argue that we gain nothing and lose much personal integrity if, as Christians, we were to favour Christian beliefs in media reporting. We are here primarily to serve journalists and advance religious literacy. We define this as a wholly positive advocacy of a more accurate understanding and portrayal of belief systems and those who adhere to them.
Our act of worship as a group with Christian convictions is to speak the truth plainly, and help the media do the same.
As Christians in this space, we are opposed to cover-ups of any kind. We are in favour of courageous journalism that serves the public interest.
More to the point, we find common ground with any group advocating the same, whatever their spiritual tradition. There is no reason for us to suspect those with a different worldview so long as their objectives are genuinely to advance religious literacy in the media.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN NEUTRALITY?
We believe that any journalist is capable of fostering a commitment to religious literacy, accuracy and integrity in their reporting, whatever their beat.
Whether a journalist expresses a particular set of beliefs (Christianity, feminism, humanism, Islam) does not necessarily advantage nor disadvantage them in their religious literacy.
The key to this is to approach topics with a religious aspect with an open and enquiring yet critical mind.
DOES RELIGIOUS LITERACY ONLY APPLY TO HARD NEWS?
Emphatically not! What people believe affects everything they do. What time you wake up and the kind of bed you leave in the morning to what you eat, how you dress, what you choose to learn and the kind of job you are prepared to do: All of these activities are born from patterns of belief.
At Lapido Media we believe in a wide application of religious literacy to the media. It is just as important for sports, celebrity or interior design journalists to grasp the basics of belief systems as it is for a frontline news correspondent.
The media industry touches lives in endless ways. It is not just the prestigious news bulletins and household name newsreaders that have the power to shape public understanding of beliefs.
It naturally follows that all journalists should possess basic religious literacy skills, whatever they report on and whoever their audience is.
NEWS & VIEWS
We work hard to get our efforts noticed by the media and are so proud when this goal comes to fruition. A well informed community is an empowered one as well, so take a look at some of the latest coverage we’ve received below and help spread the word about all the amazing developments at Lapido Media: Centre for Religious Literacy in Journalism.
FROM IDEA TO REALITY: THE EVOLUTION OF LAPIDO MEDIA: CENTRE FOR RELIGIOUS LITERACY IN JOURNALISM
June 9, 2019
1-ON-1 WITH LAPIDO MEDIA: CENTRE FOR RELIGIOUS LITERACY IN JOURNALISM CEO
June 9, 2019
LOCAL NON-PROFIT MAKES A SPLASH WITH SUMMER FUNDRAISER
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WHO WE ARE
We are journalists, producers, media leaders, people of faith, spiritual leaders, researchers, trainers, activists, academics and members of the public. Our network unites those with a passion for improving religious literacy right across the media, from the smallest start-ups to the biggest corporates.
Our goal? Well quite simply it is to advance religious literacy right across the media. Why? Because a religiously literate media paints a richer and more accurate picture of life. That's the kind of media the public can have genuine faith in.
Operating for over ten years, we straddle the boundary between media organisation and registered charity. We are accountable to our board of trustees and to the British Charity Commission. To keep our standards high and our sense of accountability sharp, we also voluntarily associate with a range of other best practice bodies.